Family Favourite Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Thermomix Style

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Delicious, moist meatballs surrounded by rich homemade tomato sauce and topped with a sharp parmesan cheese. This is a comfort food the whole family will enjoy.

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My food world turned upside down the day I tried authentic Greek meatballs, known as Souzoukakia. These meatballs which were made by a little old Greek grandmother. I had never tried such moist meat! It was a far cry from what I grew up with as an Australian child in the 1970’s.

I was visiting Townsville for the Greek festival and making my way around all my favourite foods.

Out of all the dishes I tried, the meatballs were the biggest revelation. Thankfully the Townsville Greek community had all got together, argued over the best way to make the traditional dishes and then produced a cookbook.

I bought the cookbook and now 9 years later it’s stained and dog-eared, but one of my favourite cookbooks. Since purchasing my Thermomix I have begun to convert some of the recipes. This recipe is particularly well suited to the TM.

Timesaving Tips for Preparing Meatballs

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  1. Grate the cheeses at the start of preparation and reserve for later. There is no need to clean the bowl after grating the cheese.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the Souzoukakia first. Then start on the tomato sauce, whilst the tomato sauce is cooking you will have time to roll the rissoles and place in the Varoma, ready to steam.
  3. Preheat the oven once the Souzoukakia is steaming over the tomato sauce.

Three images showing steps to making meatballs


  1. Ensure that all the balls are roughly the same size so they all cook at the same rate.
  2. When placing the balls on the Varoma tray be mindful that steaming holes are not all covered. Covering the holes will prevent the steam from cooking the meatballs.

3 Images which show the size and position of meatballs in the Varoma TM5

So today I’m sharing the recipe for Souzoukakia, otherwise known as “Meatballs in Tomato Sauce.” The images above show the steps in more details should you wish to refer to them.

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4.95 from 20 votes
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Family Favourite Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Thermomix Style
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

A Family Friendly Dinner Idea - Souzoukakia, otherwise known as Meatballs in Tomato Sauce. A comfort food the whole family will enjoy.

Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Australian, Italian
Keyword: Comfort food, Main Meal, Meatballs, Mince
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 576 kcal
Author: Julie Carlyle
Prepping Ingredients
  • 80 g parmesan cheese
  • 100 g tasty cheese
  • 1/2 bunch continental parsley
  • 20 g garlic
  • 200 g onion quartered
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 TBS parmesan cheese (from the pre-grated bowl)
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 500 g beef mince not lean
Napolitana Sauce
  • 20 g garlic
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 200 g onion quartered
  • 50 g oil
  • 800 g tomatoes halved
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 TBS Vegetable stock paste (recipe from basic cookbook) OR Massel vegetable stock cube
Ingredient Preparation
  1. Place the parmesan cheese in the TM bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9. Reserve in a small bowl until needed.

  2. Place the tasty cheese in the TM bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9. Reserve in a small bowl until needed.

  3. Place the parsley in the TM bowl. Chop 5sec/Speed 9. Reserve in a small bowl until needed.

Preparing Meatballs
  1. Add quartered onion and garlic to TM bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9.

  2. Add eggs, cumin, garlic salt, allspice, onion powder and tomato paste to the onion mixture. Combine 5 sec/Speed 5.

  3. Add the breadcrumbs, 1 TBS grated parmesan, lamb and beef to TM bowl. Dough setting/2 minute. Help the mixture combine with a spatula.

  4. Remove the meatball mixture from the TM Bowl and reserve in a large bowl. Without washing the TM move onto the sauce.

Napoletana Sauce
  1. Place the peppercorns and garlic in the TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.

  2. Add onion to the garlic mixture. Chop 3 sec/Speed 7. Scrape down TM bowl.

  3. Add oil to the TM Bowl. Sautee 5 min/Varoma/Speed 1.5.

  4. Place the halved tomatoes, sugar, garlic salt, allspice, red wine, oregano, stock paste and tomato paste in TM bowl. Puree 30 sec/Speed 8.

  5. Add the bay leaf to the sauce. Simmer 30 min/120 degree/Speed 1.5 (MC OUT). Add the strainer to the top of the lid to prevent splatters.

Cooking Meatballs
  1. Whilst the tomato sauce is cooking prepare the meatballs.

  2. Shape the mixture into even sized meatballs and place on the deep Varoma and shallow Varoma trays ready to be steamed.

  3. Once the sauce has finished, stack the Varoma trays on top of the tomato sauce. Cook 15min/120 degrees/Speed 1.5.

  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Baking the Dish
  1. Arrange the meatballs in an ovenproof dish.

  2. Pour the tomato sauce over the Souzoukakia.

  3. Top the dish with chopped parsley, grated tasty cheese and the remaining parmesan cheese. Bake 15 minutes or until golden.

Recipe Notes

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Serving this dish with zoodles (zucchini noodles) will keep the carbohydrate load low for those on a LCHF or Keto diet.
  2. I love this dish with mashed potato.
  3. Traditionally Italians would serve meatballs with pasta.
  4. Another nice option is to enjoy the dish with some crusty bread. 
Nutrition Facts
Family Favourite Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Thermomix Style
Amount Per Serving
Calories 576 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 150mg50%
Sodium 1458mg61%
Potassium 914mg26%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 1375IU28%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 309mg31%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

I find meatballs fabulous to make in the Thermomix. Steaming the meat in the Varoma means the rissoles are so much moister than if they were fried. Also frying rissoles is very hit and miss. Too many times I’ve meatballs fall apart in the frying pan.

So if you’re looking for more recipes I’ve got you covered.

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If you’ve tried the recipe please leave a message and let me know what you thought. Your comments help me to decide what recipes I should make and share. I’d also love to know your favourite TM dish, or perhaps you have a suggestion for another recipe I should make and share?

Best of all your comments may help another Thermomixer trying to choose a recipe for their family.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Cooking


39 thoughts on “Family Favourite Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Thermomix Style”

  1. Elena says:

    5 stars
    The flavour of the sauce was amazing but it was very runny. I’m not sure why this was or if it’s supposed to be this way? Nonetheless it was very tasty!

  2. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Our family loves this recipe, very tasty and we get a few meals out of it which is what we love

    1. I love that about this dish too! My kids take the leftover meatballs on wraps 🙂

  3. Pam Parker says:

    5 stars
    this was amazing! the sauce is soo delicious! and the meatballs…soo tender! was soo glad i tried this, and will definitely make again.
    the rating won’t let me select but its defiantly a 5 star
    the sauce was soo amazing i can’t wait to see how i can use it in other dishes.
    thank you for such an amazing recipe

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